December 13, 2013
Castelar train crash: Attorney Basso orders driver's prosecution
Morón district attorney Sebastián Basso has filed charges against the engine driver who operated the train that rammed into another one at the Castelar station back in June resulting in 3 people dead and more than 300 injured.
Daniel López is being accused of reckless homicide facing a 5-year prison sentence if convicted although he might not serve mandatory jail time. The plaintiff, however, has filed a criminal act petition against López targeting his responsibility in the train crash.
Recent footages of the accident analyzed by judge Jorge Rodríguez determined that López had ignored four stop-lights before colliding against the other train. Seconds before the crash, he left his cabin.
Following the Castelar tragedy, Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo announced a series of safety and control measures involving the installation of security cameras in drivers’ cabins prompting strong criticism from rail unions.